Monday, April 28, 2014
A to Z Challenge: X is for Xanthus--and Why I am a Dirty Rotten Book Thief
This past weekend I attended the LDStorymakers writing conference in Utah. I was excited to go, but as soon as I left my house, I missed my kids. Missed is actually an understatement. I felt as if I'd had a limb torn off (four limbs, to be exact.) I was a hot mess the whole time. Any time I saw a baby I fought back tears. It was painful for me, physically painful, to be away from my little ones. But when I got to the conference, I met some wonderful people, went to some great classes, and it helped me forget my pain a little.
On the last day, they had a book signing. There was ONE book that I absolutely had to get signed. RISING by Holly Kelly. I love this book. It has a great story, lovable characters, and a good dose of myth. If you've been following my blog, you know I like that one.
But this was the last day, the last event, and my homesickness had grown into a hard knot in my throat that threatened to burst any time I thought about my kids. And I thought about them a lot--so much that after I got my book signed, I put it in my bag with my previously purchased books and completely forgot about it.
I didn't remember until I got to my friend's house that night and started unpacking.
I am a dirty rotten book thief. I have no excuse. I stole a book from one of my all-time favorite authors, and now I feel like a rotten person.
The worst part--Holly had, that very same day, admitted to me that she'd had a whole box of her books stolen. And I stole her very last one. I've messaged her to ask if I can pay her somehow. (If anyone from CTP is reading this, please let me know how I can pay for the book!)
Please help me make it up to her! You--my reading friends--can help. I know we all get online to find something fast and fun to read, perhaps something to take our minds of the everyday stresses--but today you can do something kind AND get your mind off day-to-day stresses at the same time. HOW???
BUY Holly Kelly's book! (And if you download the Kindle version, it's absolutely free!) http://www.amazon.com/Rising-The-Series-Holly-Kelly-ebook/dp/B00EZRNT5W/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1398700321&sr=8-3&keywords=holly+kelly